01.11.14 Your Morning Buzz

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High 5

  1. For Scranton residents, bankruptcy is an inviting option – Many residents of financially troubled Scranton, Pa., struggling under the burden of hefty fee and tax hikes, want the city to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

  2. Israel’s ‘warrior’ dies – A swashbuckling figure to many Israelis, Ariel Sharon gained notoriety as a maverick and self-promoter.

  3. Traffic Papers Point to Cover-Up by Christie Allies – Top officials loyal to Gov. Chris Christie went to great lengths to make it appear that the closing of several toll lanes was part of a traffic study, according to documents released by New Jersey lawmakers on Friday

  4. College Park’s mayor takes Smart Growth to school – Andrew Fellows came to College Park from Silver Spring in 1991 as a grad student at the University of Maryland and never left. Now mayor and newly elected to a third term, Fellows wants to draw staff and faculty back to this college town, all while making it more environmentally sustainable.

  5. Dried Up and Maxed Out, California Tries to Make It Snow – After its driest year on record, the state is trying one of the cheaper ways of staving off drought: cloud seeding. But is it safe and does it work?

50 Nifty


Did San Francisco’s Google Bus Deal Just Set a Price for Curb Space? San Francisco just announced a deal with the much-maligned private tech buses to charge them a fee for using city bus stops. Under the reported terms, the buses that shuttle commuters to and from Silicon Valley will pay the city about $100,000 a year — about a dollar a day per stop. The response so far has focused on whether or not this appeases the protestors, but that misses some of the larger picture: San Francisco just decided how much curb space is worth.

Downtown neighborhoods might get names – Some of the possibilities include Bromo near the tower and Cathedral Hill near the Basilica

U.S. to Recognize 1,300 Marriages Disputed by Utah – The decision furthered President Obama’s self-described evolution on same-sex marriage rights as his administration appeared closer to confronting a state over its refusal to recognize such rights.



One Reason the Poor Have So Little Political Clout – The U.S. electorate isn’t entirely represented by the people in the U.S. who vote. Women are more likely to vote than men. Until the 2012 presidential election, whites were significantly more likely to vote than all minority groups. On the whole, Americans are more likely to vote the more education they have, the more money they earn, and the older they are.

Best of rivals – Mark R. Warner was 25 years old and fresh out of Harvard Law School when he arrived in 1980 for a plum fundraising job at the Democratic National Committee. He was a bit startled to meet his new colleague: Who is this guy?

Obama Counts on Power of Convening People for Change – The president will begin hosting influential groups to spur action on national problems short of changes to federal law.

How Chris Christie could survive – Hatred of a bullying media could save the bullying governor


Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen says bus rapid transit ‘best choice’  – The C-Tran board wants to move forward on building a bus rapid transit system that would use bigger, faster buses like these in Eugene

Judge sides with city in lawsuit over public access to Oswego Lake – A sign indicates restricted access to Oswego Lake in Lake Oswego

Oregon treasurer not fully sold on CRC – Though an investment-grade financial analysis offered some good news for the Columbia River Crossing this week, Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler says he’s still not fully sold on the project.

Poll results: Should Oregon City bail on TriMet? Start its own bus service? Earlier this week TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane said direct eastside service between Oregon City and Portland is likely to end will end when Portland-Milwaukie light rail line opens in 2015.



Editorial: Resignation underlines importance of finding the right fit – It looks as if some of our recent pronouncements about how smoothly civic affairs had been going lately in Lebanon were, shall we say, premature

Residents react to town’s plan to regulate pot grows – Mayor says Phoenix wants to ensure peace between medical marijuana growers and neighbors who ‘don’t appreciate the smell’

New debate over police site – Plans for a new headquarters for Salem police have focused on a proposed three-story building at the Vern Miller Civic Center. But some neighbors have suggested an alternative location: a gritty area in northeast Salem that could use a boost.

Economic Development Commission to discuss priorities for 2014 – The Corvallis Economic Development Commission will discuss its priorities for 2014 and hear an update on the Regional Accelerator Innovation Network from Mayor Julie Manning at its 3 p.m. Monday meeting at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room.

Westlake businesses hold the city’s bike plan hostage – Fears of speeding bikes and lost parking spaces, plus resentment of past SDOT practices, fuel a parking-lot rebellion.

SPD consultant job for an ex-official stirs questions – Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry C. Bailey plans to review the department’s consulting contract with a former SPD official who previously cleared an assistant chief of wrongdoing.

Pure Midwest ELGLTwitter and Column


Midwestern storm didn’t break the bank but will be costly – But this week’s paralyzing storm will cost the St. Louis region plenty once the final bills roll in for shuttering businesses, canceling thousands of airline flights, and pushing snow to the sides of area streets and highways, government officials and economists say.

Monroe Co. cites lack of funds for snow woes – Mich. officials admit some ‘fumbling’ did occur

Is it worth selling railroad system to boost pension fund? Railway sale may help fund retirement program, but critics worry about losing constant revenue stream

How Grand Rapids street tax ties into city’s outlook on climate change – The city’s new climate resiliency report suggests that Grand Rapids in future winters will experience more volatile weather patterns that increase freeze-thaw cycles, and it advises that streets “will increasingly be subject to climate-driven stresses and require increased resources even to maintain status quo conditions.”

Minneapolis reports record $1.2B In construction projects – Minneapolis broke a record last year for the total value of construction projects it approved, which together were worth almost as much as the 2010 and 2011 projects combined.

Seeing 1960s-70s Minneapolis through Mike Evangelist’s eyes – If you live in Minneapolis and use Facebook regularly, there’s a decent chance you follow the “Old Minneapolis” page.

Dayton says he didn’t learn of MNsure problems and contract changes until after launch – The governor said he looks forward to an audit of the state-based insurance exchange to provide answers.

South by Southwest


Why Houston Is Changing Its Alcohol-Sales Law to Help Food Deserts – The city of Houston has long had an ordinance banning the sale of alcohol within 300 feet of churches, public schools, and hospitals. As a result, broad stretches of the city are off-limits not only to bars and liquor stores, but also supermarkets with beer aisles.

Seven Buildings (and Neighborhoods) That Would Never Fly in Any City But Houston – Houston and its surrounding cities are notorious for their lack of planning. In the decades after World War II, this meant unfettered greenfield building opportunities, with suburbs sprawling in every direction for miles.

Satan Statue at the Oklahoma State Capitol? The building already has a statue of the Ten Commandments, so a satanic group says it should get space, too.

Recounting the airport’s history and looking to its future – January 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The world’s eighth-busiest airport handles 60 million people a year and is credited with much of North Texas’ dynamic economic growth. This series recounts the airport’s history and looks to its future.

Social Network: FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterest, and Twitter

BUV0zFmCAAE6Jp815 #SelfieOlympics Shots Worthy of a Gold Medal – We’re not sure just which Internet wormhole it crawled out of or how its weird momentum got rolling, but there’s a sport of sorts called the Selfie Olympics currently trending on Twitter.

Las Vegas city manager to participate in Twitter Q&A – Las Vegas is expanding its social media presence with a live Twitter chat next week in which members of the public will have a chance to ask questions of City Manager Betsy Fretwell.

Will the Government Monitor Social Media for Snowden-Like Risks? The U.S. government is studying whether it can scour social-media websites for clues about potential risks from workers such as Edward Snowden and the Washington Navy Yard shooter.

Career Center


01.10.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Trebek Raps Remix)

A Google Programmer ‘Blew Off’ A $500K Salary At Startup  – Thanks to all its money, Google is a big winner in the war on talent.

Why Americans Stopped Moving to the Richest States – In 1865, Horace Greeley said “go west, young man,” and, for a century and a half, men and women, young and old, were keen to listen. Even into the early 2000s, the sunbelt stretching into the suburban southwest fattened with new housing developments—ultimately, to disastrous effect. But in the last decade, the ambition to go west has been replaced with a lazier notion—to “stay put.”

2014, the year of the ‘passive’ job hunter – Not thrilled where you are, but can’t quite find the energy (or the time) to launch a job search? Not to worry. Employers will find you.

Should You Encourage Employee Side Projects? It’s counterintuitive to encourage employees to pursue projects that don’t further your mission statement or your bottom line, but here’s why you should consider it.

Retire, then work — what boomers face in later years – There was a time when Tom Sadowski thought he’d stop working after turning 65 earlier this year. But he’s put off retirement for at least five years — and now anticipates continuing to work afterward.



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